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3:20 PM ET, August 23, 2017

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
ESPN faces criticism over decision to remove announcer Robert Lee from University of Virginia home football game because of his name  —  University of Virginia holds vigil  —  By trying to avoid an embarrassing ordeal, ESPN has embarrassed itself.  —  On Tuesday night …
HuffPost:
During a rally in Phoenix, Trump had harsher criticisms for the press than he did for the white supremacists at Charlottesville but praised Fox News and Hannity  —  Trump accused the media “of trying to take away the history and our heritage.”  —  President Donald Trump went after journalists during …
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Jan M. Olsen / Associated Press:
Body found on Copenhagen beach identified as that of missing journalist Kim Wall  —  COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A headless torso found on a beach off Copenhagen has been identified as that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on an amateur-built submarine earlier this month …
Hollywood Reporter:
At Edinburgh TV Festival, anchor Jon Snow says Facebook and Google must help figure out how to finance serious, reliable news  —  Jon Snow attacked the social media giant's “lack of activity” in the keynote MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival.  —  U.K. TV news legend Jon Snow …
Discussion: @alexgspence and @jonsnowc4
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Snapchat's VP of Content Nick Bell says the company expects to debut scripted shows by year's end, aiming to complement TV  —  “We want to be friends of media,” says Nick Bell at the Edinburgh Television Festival as he outlines the company's mobile-first TV strategy.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:
How Mic exploited social justice for clicks and then abandoned a staff that believed in it, according to current and former staffers  —  For about five years, Mic.com was a place where readers could go to get moral clarity.  In the Mic universe, heroes fought for equality against villains who tried to take it away.
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
In a filing on Tuesday, Sinclair responded to critics of its proposed merger with Tribune, claiming the deal would “save” free, over-the-air TV  —  Makes case for Tribune purchase at FCC; says opponents are trying to stifle competition  —  Sinclair is vigorously defending …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook partners with sports network Stadium, will exclusively broadcast 15 college football games live  —  Facebook wants you to watch more video on its site - including those you can't see elsewhere.  To that end, the social network earlier this month launched a dedicated section for original video, called Watch.
Discussion: Adweek and Recode
David Lieberman / Deadline:
In the two days after MoviePass dropped its monthly price, it surpassed 150K subscribers; it had just 20K in December  —  MoviePass probably received more publicity over the last week than it saw over the entire six years it's been in business.  And it paid off: In the two day period …
Discussion: The Verge
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Facebook enables publishers to upload logos to appear beside posts in Trending and Search now and elsewhere later  —  A common complaint from publishers who use Facebook is that every story looks the same.  Whether it's from CNN, The New York Times or BuzzFeed, they all have the same basic elements: Photo, headline, blurb and source.
 
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Brian Flood / The Wrap:
Messaging app Blend, backed by Lerer Ventures and NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook, blocks Breitbart News from being shared on its platform
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Ex-Gawker Media exec and Fusion Media Group SVP Mia Libby is joining The Daily Beast as Chief Revenue Officer
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Malachy Browne / New York Times:
YouTube machine learning tech removed thousands of videos that may document atrocities in Syria, advocates say; some videos reinstated after creator objections
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